Internet and Web

Your internet connection, web sites and services.

Why do I pay so much more for less internet speed than Europe?

James from Bullhead City, AZ

Episode 1103

James says he's noticing that over 300 MBPS is available overseas for under $40 a month. It's maddening that Europe gets that kind of performance and James pays $50 for 3MB down. That's outrageous. Leo says that is disgusting. We pay more than many countries for less service. And because we invented it, we have incompatible systems still in use and that can be expensive. There's a benefit to not being the first, but it's almost always the meddling of governments who have created a duopoly for internet service.

Johnny Jet in the Chatroom

Episode 1103

Johnny Jet tells of a man in California that rented a hotel room through Air BnB for a month and refuses to leave. And according to California state law, he can stay without pay for six months before they can get him out. Leo says that's just plain nuts. Johnny also wants to talk about the three plane crashes this week, and yet, air travel is still safer than getting into your car. In fact, it's afar than zip lining. A man have in Mexico got into a zipline accident that put a traveler in a coma and it's costing $10,000 to airlift him out of the country.

Microsoft Now Requires Users Run Latest Version of Skype

Episode 1103

Microsoft bought Skype about 2 years ago, and since then we've been waiting for Microsoft to really put its stamp on the product. First it changed how Skype worked with the super nodes, and now it's requiring users to run the latest version in order to use the service. There's a couple of reasons Microsoft may be requiring this. It could be to ensure that the same technologies are used when calling other Skype users. Or it could be because Microsoft wants to put ads into Skype, and it has to make sure that everyone will see them.

How can I make my printer accessible on my Wi-Fi network?

Episode 1102

Aaron from Tustin, CA
Lantronix XPrint Server

Aaron has an office printer that he'd like to hook up to his upstairs router and print from his network. Is there an easy way to do that and print via Wi-Fi? It isn't a Wi-Fi enabled printer.

Leo says that the Lantronix Wireless xPrint Server will make any printer wireless. It also works with Google Cloud Print, allowing Aaron to print from anywhere in the world.

(Disclaimer: Lantronix is a sponsor).

Why won't my Amazon Fire TV work with my AV receiver?

Episode 1102

Joe from Austin, TX
Denon AV Receiver

Joe got an Amazon Fire TV, but when he plugs it into his Denon AV receiver it doesn't work. Leo says he likes the Denon AV receiver and can't imagine why it wouldn't work. Everything in the chain is "HDCP" complaint for copy protection. So it should work just fine.

Leo thinks it may be a bad port or bad cable. Make sure the settings from the Fire TV and the TV itself are matched. If one is 1080i and the other is 1080p, then the handshake could fail. Turn everything off and unplug it. Then plug each thing in one at a time, ending with the TV.

Johnny Jet

Episode 1101

Johnny Jet

Johnny Jet is back home, which is a rarity for him. Sometimes, Johnny feels he's more at home at a hotel room than actually at home. Regarding the Malaysia Airlines shoot down, Johnny Jet says he gets asked often how come commercial airlines don't come with anti-missile technology like Air Force One? Johnny says it's pretty simple ... the cost. It costs millions to outfit plane for counter measures as it does for the plane itself. He also says that the FAA doesn't allow US planes to fly over war zones, but unfortunately the European Aviation Authorities did.